juststeveking/laravel-feature-flags

A simple to use Feature Flags package for Laravel


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laravel, JustSteveKing, laravel-feature-flags
License
MIT

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Laravel Feature Flags

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A simple to use Feature Flag package for Laravel, allowing you to create Feature Groups and assign Users to them - while also being able to give users override access to given features outside of their groups.

Installation

You can install the package via composer:

composer require juststeveking/laravel-feature-flags

You can publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\FeatureFlagsServiceProvider"

This is the contents of the published config file:

return [
    'middleware' => [
        'mode' => 'abort',

        'redirect_route' => '/',

        'status_code' => 404,
    ],
];

You will then need to migrate the database changes:

php artisan migrate

Usage

This package allows you to manage user features and feature groups in a database.

All Feature and Feature Group names will be normalised to lower case on save.

To use this package your User model needs to have the HasFeatures trait:

<?php

namespace App\Models;

use Illuminate\Foundation\Auth\User as Authenticatable;
use JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Concerns\HasFeatures;

class User extends Authenticatable
{
    use HasFeatures;
}

This will allow you to manage features and feature groups on your user model.

A User can belong to many Feature Groups, but can also be assigned access to specific Features.

Working with Feature Groups

// This will create the Feature Group if not already created and attach the user to it.
auth()->user()->addToGroup('beta testers');

// Alternatively you can use the following syntax
auth()->user()->joinGroup('beta testers');

// You can check if a user is a member of a feature group
auth()->user()->inGroup('beta testers');

// You can also get a user to leave a feature group
auth()->user()->leaveGroup('beta testers');

// You can also pass in more than one group name
auth()->user()->joinGroup('beta testers', 'api testers');

Working with Features

// This will create the Feature if not already created and attach the user to it.
auth()->user()->giveFeature('run reports');

// You can check if a user has a specific feature
auth()->user()->hasFeature('run reports');

// You can also remove a feature for a user
auth()->user()->removeFeature('run reports');

// Like with Feature Groups you can pass in more than one option
// These will return if any are matched.
auth()->user()->hasFeature('run reports', 'admin');

Putting it together

To use the package as a whole:

// Create a Feature Group
$group = FeatureGroup::create([
    'name' => 'Beta Testers'
]);

// Create a Feature
$feature = Feature::create([
    'name' => 'API Access'
]);

// Add the Feature to the Feature Group
$group->addFeature($feature);

// Assign a User to the Group
auth()->user()->joinGroup($group->name);

if (auth()->user()->groupHasFeature('api access')) {
    // The user belongs to a group that has access to this feature.
}

if (auth()->user()->hasFeature('run reports')) {
    // The user has been given access to this feature outside of group features
}

if (auth()->user()->hasFeature('user level feature')) {
    // The user has access to this feature as a user or through a group.
}

Template Usage

There are some Blade Directives to help control access to features in your UI:

// You can check if a user has a specific feature
@feature('api access')
    <x-api-console />
@endfeature

// You can check if a user is a member of a feature group
@featuregroup('beta testers')
    <x-group-feature />
@endfeaturegroup

// You can check if a user is a member of a group with access to a feature
@groupfeature('api access')
    <x-api-console />
@endgroupfeature

Middleware

There are some middleware classes that you can use:

By default you can use:

  • \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\FeatureMiddleware::class
  • \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\GroupMiddleware::class

There 2 middleware classes will either abort on failure, or redirect. The way these work can be managed in the config file for the package. It allows you to set a mode for the middleware (either abort or redirect) and also allows you to set a redirect_route or status_code.

Then there is also:

  • \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\API\FeatureMiddleware::class
  • \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\API\GroupMiddleware::class

These 2 middleware classes only have the one mode of abort but will ready from your config file for the package to know what status code to return, these classes are made specifically for APIs.

To limit access to users with specific features

Add the following to your app/Http/Kernel.php

protected $routeMiddleware = [
    'feature' => \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\FeatureMiddleware::class,
];

You can pass through more than one feature name, and pass them in a friendlier format or as they are:

Route::middleware(['feature:run-reports,print reports'])->group(/* */);

To limit access to users who are part of a feature group

Add the following to your app/Http/Kernel.php

protected $routeMiddleware = [
    'feature-group' => \JustSteveKing\Laravel\FeatureFlags\Http\Middleware\GroupMiddleware::class,
];

You can pass through more than one feature group name, and pass them in a friendlier format or as they are:

Route::middleware(['feature-group:beta-testers,internal,developer advocates'])->group(/* */);

Artisan Commands

There are a number of artisan commands available for interacting with feature flags.

  feature-flags:activate-feature           Activates a feature
  feature-flags:activate-feature-group     Activates a feature group
  feature-flags:add-feature                Add a new feature
  feature-flags:add-feature-group          Add a new feature group
  feature-flags:add-feature-to-group       Add a feature to a group
  feature-flags:deactivate-feature         Deactivates a feature
  feature-flags:deactivate-feature-group   Deactivates a feature group
  feature-flags:view-feature-groups        View feature groups
  feature-flags:view-features              View features
  feature-flags:view-groups-with-features  View groups with features

Testing

$ composer run test

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING and CODE_OF_CONDUCT for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email juststevemcd@gmail.com instead of using the issue tracker.

Credits

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.